Phenakistoscope Disc of A Snake

PART OF:
Three Fantoscope discs by Ackermann and Co
Made:
1833 in London
maker:
Ackermann and Company

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Phenakistoscope disc of a wriggling green snake. One of three Fantoscope discs by Ackermann and Co (1st series), 1833.

This optical toy was invented by the Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau (1801-1883). It is held with the printed side of the disc facing a mirror. When the disc is spun the viewer looks at its reflection through the apertures on the disc's circumference and the drawings appear to move.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1952-126/2
Materials:
cardboard
Measurements:
overall: 238 mm,
type:
fantoscope disc, optical toy and phenakistoscope disc
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford